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IUML ‘settles’ sexual harassment complaint, asks accused leaders to express regret on social media

The police have already registered an FIR against the three MSF leaders at the behest of the women’s commission.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: August 27, 2021 9:04:04 am
Terming their action as “indiscipline”, the IUML on Tuesday suspended the state committee of Haritha, after the women leaders refused to withdraw their complaint. (Source: IUML/Facebook)

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) Thursday let off its student wing leaders accused of sexual harassment by women members with a rap on the knuckles, deciding that an expression of regret on social media would suffice as punishment.

This was part of a “settlement” announced by the party Thursday, under which the leaders of Haritha, the women’s wing of the Muslim Students Federation (MSF), would have to withdraw a complaint they made to the state women’s commission over the issue.

The police have already registered an FIR against the three MSF leaders at the behest of the women’s commission.

Two weeks back, Haritha leaders had alleged that their male counterparts had made vulgar remarks towards them during a meeting. They approached the state women’s commission after the IUML leadership failed to act on their complaint. The IUML retaliated by “freezing” the state Haritha committee — evoking an unprecedented protest from the young women leaders of the IUML feeder outfit.

Announcing the party decision on Thursday, IUML General Secretary P M A Salam told reporters in Kozhikode that MSF leaders would express their regret over the incident. The party would not take any further action on the show cause notice that was issued to the leaders. Also, it was decided that the Haritha leaders would withdraw their complaint with the women’s commission. The decision to freeze the Haritha state committee would be lifted forthwith, he said.

The Haritha leaders, who had raised a revolt against the IUML, did not openly respond to the decision. It is learnt, however, that a section of the women leaders has decided to stick to their complaint with the women’s commission.

Soon after IUML announced the “settlement”, MSF state president P K Navas, one of the leaders in the dock, posted a message on Facebook. The student leader, however, stuck to his stand that he had made no malicious comment.

“I have informed the party leaders that I was willing to accept any action on the issue. At the MSF meeting, I haven’t made any malicious comments. If anyone has misunderstood me or has faced any pain over my talk in the meeting, I express my regret,” he said.

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